MEDIA ADVISORY: Basic Facts on Early Voting in Iowa
Matt Schultz
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal
Chad Olsen (515) 242-6235

MEDIA ADVISORY: Basic Facts on Early Voting in Iowa

(DES MOINES, Iowa)--The Office of the Iowa Secretary of State is providing some basic information about early voting in Iowa, which begins tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, based on the most frequently asked questions received over the past few days. We hope you find the following helpful.

September 27th is the 40th day before election day, and the first day that absentee ballots may be voted in a county auditor’s office. Any Iowa voter may request an absentee ballot if they expect they cannot go to the polls on election day. Voting an absentee ballot may be done in one of three methods:

  1. Voters may vote in-person in their county auditor’s office during the regular business hours. The last day that a voter can vote an absentee ballot at the county auditor’s office is Monday, November 5th.

  2. Voters may request an absentee ballot be mailed. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, November 2nd at 5:00. If you request a ballot by mail, it must be returned to the county auditor’s office by the following deadlines:

    • In-person delivery – Tuesday, November 6th by 9:00 PM

    • Mail delivery – postmarked no later than Monday, November 5th and received no later than 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13th. Postmarks are not guaranteed. Please mail your ballot early to make sure it is received on time.

  3. Satellite voting stations may be offered. Check with your local county auditor’s office to see if satellite voting is available.

A voter who chooses to vote an absentee ballot by one of these methods will be asked to fill out an official Iowa absentee ballot request form.